The J. J Talman Regional Collection, now part of The University of Western Ontario Archives, received major donations in 1989, (George and Robin Harris, and Lucy Little), 1996 and 1997 from the Harris family, of archival materials, which today comprise the Harris Family fonds. The fonds are comprised of materials dated between 1794-1959 with additional research notes accumulated by Robin and Terry Harris in preparation for their book The Eldon House Diaries published by the Champlain Society in 1994
Diaries, personal and travel related
Over 10,000 items of correspondence from and to family and friends and major political figures of the period; also comprises correspondence related to John Harris's naval career and responsibilities as Treasurer of the London District
Materials related to the Rebellion Losses Claims
Papers of the Harris and McGee law firm
Over 1000 photographs, including albums and glass plate negatives
The Ronalds and Robertson Family Papers
Correspondence to John Harris regarding the matter of two London District Treasurers in office, December 18, 1846.
The Harris Family fonds is accessible to faculty and student patrons of Western Archives as well as the general public. Through a Land of Extremes: the Littledales of Central Asia, published in 2007, which documented the travels of Teresa Harris and her husband, St. George Littledale made extensive use of The Harris Family Fonds.
Western Archives patrons remain grateful to the Harris Family for their generous donation of Harris Family fonds.